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Central projects in State behind schedule: BJP

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Aug 13 � Ramen Deka, MP from Assam and former president of the BJP, Assam Pradesh on Saturday termed it unfortunate that several centrally-aided projects in the State have been unduly delayed which has resulted in cost over-runs.

Addressing media persons here, Deka said that out of the 560 central sector projects in the country, 251 projects were delayed and Assam had 37 such delayed projects.

Slamming the Congress Government at Dispur for not doing enough to ensure swift development of the region, Deka said that the leniency showed by Dispur has effected massive delays and cost a loss to the tune of 12,000 cores in the past five years.

�There has been delay in the construction of the over-bridge at Saraighat which is causing inconvenience to the people,� said Deka.

It needs to be mentioned here that the project started in October 2006 and was slated for completion in April 2010. The total length of the project is 4 km with 1.5 km bridge portion. The present physical progress of the project is 45 percent. Now the target date of completion is December 2012.

On the other hand, Deka referring to the issue of big dams said that the people of Assam had the right to know about the effect of the dams constructed in Arunachal Pradesh.

�There is no idea as to how many power projects are being constructed in the region. Brahmaputra River is the life line of Assam. Any dam constructed in upstream of Brahmaputra or in upstream of the tributaries flowing to the Brahmaputra will definitely bear an impact on the lower stream of Brahmaputra,� said Deka informing that he has demanded of the government to come up with a white paper on ongoing power projects in Arunachal Pradesh and steps taken to safeguard Assam before any damage takes place.

Deka further said that China was trying to divert the water at the Great Bend, the upstream of Brahmaputra and called upon the government to take up the matter with China as its top priority.

Deka referring to the status of the indigenous people who were losing their right over land, said that the government to protect the right of the indigenous people as well as to stop further transfer of government land to the capitalist class should frame a suitable land policy.

He went on to allege that the business-minded policies of the Tarun Gogoi led Congress Government in the State has cost farmers dearly and that there exist a massive scam in the transport subsidy system which needs to be unearthed at the earliest.

Deka further added that he will ask the Central Government to consider awarding Bhupen Hazarika with a Bharat Ratna for his outstanding contribution to Assamese literature and culture.

Deka who had announced his resignation from some of the positions that he held in the state BJP while clarifying his stand said that he wanted to focus more on his duties as a parliamentarian from a podium in Guwahati.

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Central projects in State behind schedule: BJP

GUWAHATI, Aug 13 � Ramen Deka, MP from Assam and former president of the BJP, Assam Pradesh on Saturday termed it unfortunate that several centrally-aided projects in the State have been unduly delayed which has resulted in cost over-runs.

Addressing media persons here, Deka said that out of the 560 central sector projects in the country, 251 projects were delayed and Assam had 37 such delayed projects.

Slamming the Congress Government at Dispur for not doing enough to ensure swift development of the region, Deka said that the leniency showed by Dispur has effected massive delays and cost a loss to the tune of 12,000 cores in the past five years.

�There has been delay in the construction of the over-bridge at Saraighat which is causing inconvenience to the people,� said Deka.

It needs to be mentioned here that the project started in October 2006 and was slated for completion in April 2010. The total length of the project is 4 km with 1.5 km bridge portion. The present physical progress of the project is 45 percent. Now the target date of completion is December 2012.

On the other hand, Deka referring to the issue of big dams said that the people of Assam had the right to know about the effect of the dams constructed in Arunachal Pradesh.

�There is no idea as to how many power projects are being constructed in the region. Brahmaputra River is the life line of Assam. Any dam constructed in upstream of Brahmaputra or in upstream of the tributaries flowing to the Brahmaputra will definitely bear an impact on the lower stream of Brahmaputra,� said Deka informing that he has demanded of the government to come up with a white paper on ongoing power projects in Arunachal Pradesh and steps taken to safeguard Assam before any damage takes place.

Deka further said that China was trying to divert the water at the Great Bend, the upstream of Brahmaputra and called upon the government to take up the matter with China as its top priority.

Deka referring to the status of the indigenous people who were losing their right over land, said that the government to protect the right of the indigenous people as well as to stop further transfer of government land to the capitalist class should frame a suitable land policy.

He went on to allege that the business-minded policies of the Tarun Gogoi led Congress Government in the State has cost farmers dearly and that there exist a massive scam in the transport subsidy system which needs to be unearthed at the earliest.

Deka further added that he will ask the Central Government to consider awarding Bhupen Hazarika with a Bharat Ratna for his outstanding contribution to Assamese literature and culture.

Deka who had announced his resignation from some of the positions that he held in the state BJP while clarifying his stand said that he wanted to focus more on his duties as a parliamentarian from a podium in Guwahati.

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